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Indian Activists Join Global Opposition to Government’s Deep Ocean Mission -Abir Dasgupta

-Newsclick.in After the Union Government announced a mission to explore Mining the Indian ocean floor for rare earth minerals in this year’s budget, environment conservationists and oceanographers in India are joining global calls for a moratorium on deep sea Mining. April 9, Bengaluru: Indian activists have joined worldwide environment conservationists and oceanographers in opposing the recently announced Deep Ocean Mission by the Government of India. The Mineral Inheritors Rights Association (MIRA) – an...

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Did BJP Govt in Goa Allow Vedanta to Process Iron Ore Despite Supreme Court Ban? -Ayaskant Das

-Newsclick.in Vedanta has halted operations and appealed to the Supreme Court against an NGT order which held an environmental clearance as necessary for the purpose. New Delhi: Did the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government in Goa help Vedanta jump the law in order to sell iron ore overseas even as a state-wide ban continues to be imposed on its Mining by an order of the Supreme Court of India? After purchasing 1.44 million...

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Government eases public hearing rules for legacy Mining cases -Mayank Aggarwal

-India.Mongabay.com * In its latest decision, the Indian government’s ministry of environment has come out with an order to help a certain category of Mining projects avoid public hearing while seeking environment clearance. * This decision is mainly for projects which were granted environment clearance under environmental impact assessment notification 1994 after a public hearing was conducted. * But experts note that public hearings should be understood as a critical tool for good...

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Namasudras are getting closer to BJP in West Bengal. There is a tradeoff -Arvind Kumar and Manisha Majumdar

-ThePrint.in Although the CAA has sparked huge protest among the Muslim minority, it seems to be attracting voters from the Namasudra community towards the BJP. The Namasudra community of West Bengal is gradually moving towards the Bharatiya Janata Party, evident from the latter’s win in constituencies dominated by the caste group. In fact, the BJP’s entry in the state was marked by its victory in Namasudra-dominated Basirhat Dakshin assembly constituency in 2014....

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Indiscriminate Mining has irreversibly damaged Aravallis, suggest documents -Jayashree Nandi

-Hindustan Times An affidavit enclosed with the application submitted by YS Malik, principal secretary, mines and geology, in March 2010 said in the Aravallis, opencast Mining is followed, and stocks once mined are removed from the site and can never be replenished Haryana has sought the resumption of stone Mining in the Aravallis over a decade after the Supreme Court in 2009 suspended extraction of all major and minor minerals in the...

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